When to Start a Dental Routine

As a parent you know that getting into a routine is a lifesaver. Not only do kids flourish when they have a consistent routine in place, but routines also give you the time that you need to gather your sanity. As a good rule of thumb for parents everywhere, children should have a set morning and night time routine. However, although things like reading before bed and taking a bath can start as a newborn, how can you know when it’s time to get your child into a strong dental routine? Read on to learn more.

When They Start to Sprout Teeth
If your child is teething and they haven’t started to sprout teeth yet, then there is absolutely no need to start on a dental routine. However, once they start to get teeth, then it is a good idea to not only schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Centennial Dental Center but to also get them into the habit of brushing their teeth as well.

Visit the Dentist
As a good rule of thumb, schedule your child’s first pediatric dental visit with Centennial Dental Center when they have about three or four teeth. During their first visit, the dentist will look not only at how your child’s teeth are coming in but also at their jaw structure as well. Additionally, your dentist may ask you questions such as “What type of food are they eating?” “Are they eating a lot of sugar?” and “Are they a thumb sucker?” By asking these types of questions, your dentist will be able to give you recommendations based on your child’s habits. For instance, if they enjoy eating a lot of fruit, then your dentist may recommend you brush their teeth more frequently so that they don’t get cavities.

Start Brushing
When your child starts to sprout teeth, purchase an infant toothbrush that they can start to chew and suck on. The more that your child familiarizes himself with their toothbrush, the easier it will be to get them to brush their teeth. When brushing their teeth, either just use a little bit of water, or with the approval of your dentist, use a smile amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush— just make sure that they don’t swallow the toothpaste. Add toothbrushing to their morning routine after breakfast and their nighttime routine after their bath.

If you would like to learn more about pediatric dental care or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today1